EPL Targets: March 18th

It’s the final round of Premier League games before another international break this weekend, and Saturday’s main slate serves up six fixtures. The following article looks at players to consider at each position.


GOALKEEPER

STUDS

Joel Robles – ($5,600) – Everton – Robles plays on a team that has won five straight games on home soil, and in four of them the Spaniard has kept a clean sheet. He has eight clean sheets for the season as a whole, and, given Hull’s away form, no one looks better placed to get the win and clean sheet this weekend than Robles.

Wayne Hennessey – ($5,300) – Crystal Palace – The Sam Allardyce effect is taking hold at Crystal Palace, the South London side keeping consecutive clean sheets for the first time under his tutelage. Over the past five games it has meant the Welsh goalkeeper has 9.2 FPPG and should, the starting XI stay the same, he looks well placed to grab a third straight clean sheet. Maybe even a win too.

VALUES

Artur Boruc – ($5,000) – Bournemouth – Whilst Boruc has been far from fruitful from a fantasy perspective this season, Bournemouth are giving up a lot of shots right now, and it opens up save potential for the Polish keeper. He has jumped aboard that train the last couple of weeks, making an average of 5.5 saves and averaging 12 FPPG. Swansea like to score but also love to concede, and Boruc’s good look at a win makes him a solid option in this game.

Jordan Pickford – ($4,900) – Sunderland – Pickford is fit once again and in two starts is averaging 5.5 saves per game. That’s exactly what we’ve come to expect from Pickford, and at home against Burnley he’ll likely be popular, but for good reason.


DEFENDER

STUDS

Seamus Coleman – ($6,100) – Everton – Coleman has registered double digits for fantasy points in four of the last five games and is up against a Hull side that have allowed the third highest number of crosses to full backs this season (186). The bonus with Coleman is that he has four goals and three assists and Hull have conceded a league-high 11 goals to defenders this season. When you add in that Coleman has 2.2 tackles and 1.7 interceptions per game, in a matchup this favourable it’s really hard to look past the Everton man.

Christian Fuchs – ($4,700) – Leicester City – Another of the Leicester players to see a significant uptick in performance since the departure of Claudio Ranieri, Fuchs has 15 FPPG over that trio of games. That compares favourably to 7.2 FPPG for the season as a whole, and his current three game run includes a goal and an assist. West Ham away is a tough game; however, the Hammers concede a lot of goals and the amount that Fuchs gets forward means he always has a look at an assist.

VALUES

Bryan Oviedo – ($4,000) – Sunderland – Oviedo has played every game for Sunderland since the start of February, and alongside one assist has strong numbers for tackles (5.3), interceptions (2.3), fouls drawn (1.3) and crosses (3.0) per game. Given that Burnley have surrendered more crosses to defenders (202) than any other side, Oviedo could pick up a decent number of fantasy points.

Erik Pieters – ($3,900) – Stoke City – Pieters is the second highest tackling defender behind Fabio with 3.1 tackles per game, and this weekend faces a side in Chelsea who love to attack down both flanks. The Dutchman has had three tackles in two of the last three games, which have both been against top four opposition in Tottenham and Man City. He also usually scores decent points in other categories.


MIDFIELDER

STUDS

Gylfi Sigurdsson – ($11,200) – Swansea City – Sigurdsson showed why he can be considered matchup proof right now by scoring over 20 points for the second successive game in the loss at Hull. The Icelandic international has an assist in each of the last four games and leads the Premier League charts with 11 assists for the season. Sigurdsson has also scored eight times in the league, and averages 3.1 shots, 1.4 shots on goal and 7.3 crosses per game.

Andros Townsend – ($7,300) – Crystal Palace – The Palace man is back in full Andros Townsend mode after tallying double digit fantasy points for six successive games, two of them when he appeared as a sub. A master of playing balls into the box, Townsend averages nine crosses per game over the last six games scored by DK and also scored a rare goal in the win at West Brom. As long as he keeps starting in this system, Townsend can offer decent points every week.

VALUES

Ryan Fraser – ($6,100) – Bournemouth – Fraser has firmly established himself as Bournemouth’s corner taker, and it has allowed him to reach double digit fantasy points in six of the last eight games. In two of the last three matches he has whipped in 10 or more crosses too and could have a look at a goal or an assist against the Premier League’s worst defence, Swansea.

Kevin Mirallas – ($7,000) – Everton – Mirallas now has a goal or an assist in three consecutive games despite only starting one of them. That’s where the worry lies with Mirallas, but after a goal last week he should start, and the fact he takes a chunk of the set pieces makes him a very solid option in what you feel will be a routine win for Everton.


FORWARD

STUDS

Diego Costa – ($10,200) – Chelsea – Chelsea’s talismanic striker now has 17 goals plus five assists in the league this season and heads into this game on a run of three goals in four games for the Blues. Costa also averages three shots per game and his 13.6 FPPG shows just how reliable he is from a fantasy perspective.

Romelu Lukaku – ($9,600) – Everton – Another player that consistently scores goals is the Everton striker, and last week’s strike against West Brom puts him level with Harry Kane on 19 goals to top the scoring charts. The Belgian striker has scored in five straight home games, and I won’t be surprised if he adds to that total this weekend against Hull.

VALUES

Kamil Grosicki – ($6,800) – Hull City – Grosicki’s stats in Ligue 1 suggested we would have a fantasy gem on our hands, and the Pole has proved that to be true by hitting double digit points in three successive matches. He has yet to get a goal or an assist for the Tigers, and even if he doesn’t do that this weekend, his good fantasy performances could continue.

Jamie Vardy – ($6,100) – Leicester City – Vardy has been on a roll these past few weeks, scoring double digit fantasy points in four successive games. The England international has two goals and an assist in the last two league games, where he has 20.5 FPPG. Up against a West Ham defence that has conceded 49 times this season, Vardy can have plenty of joy.